11 hospitals in N.J. among 70 recognized nationally for being ‘Most Wired’

Eleven acute care hospitals in New Jersey have earned the “Digital Health Most Wired” distinction for 2020 by CHIME.

The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

The following hospitals were honored in the Acute Care category, meaning they were certified at level 9.

Those honored:

  • Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville;
  • Community Medical Center, Toms River;
  • Jersey City Medical Center;
  • Monmouth Medical Center – Long Branch;
  • Monmouth Medical Center – Southern, Lakewood;
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center;
  • RWJ University Hospital, New Brunswick;
  • RWJ Somerset Hospital;
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston;
  • Valley Health System, Ridgewood;
  • Virtua Health, Marlton.

Only 70 hospitals in the country earned the distinction, which comes from being certified at level 9. New Jersey had the most hospitals honored, followed by Pennsylvania (8), California (7) and Florida (6).

CHIME CEO Russell Branzell said digital technology has been a driver of innovation in health care for years — an importance is playing out during the pandemic.

“The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why health care organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve,” he said. “This certification recognizes their exemplary performance in 2020.”

Jersey City Medical Center CEO Michael Prilutsky said he feels the award demonstrates JCMC’s ongoing commitment to invest in the latest technology to deliver the highest standard of care to patients.

Prilutsky said that telemedicine, which was already widely used at the hospital before the pandemic, was quickly expanded to provide patients with access to JCMC health care providers without having to leave their homes.

“The pandemic underscored the need to be on the cutting edge of innovation,” he said.

A total of 30,091 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which this year included four separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, long-term care and international. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in health care organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety.

For all of the rankings, click here.